Archive | July, 2011

Five Finger Fridays

30 Jul

This week totally got away from me. Oops.

It was a busy week, but still an awesome week. Here’s Five Finger Fridays on Saturday. A day late. Dangit!

 

I had the most awesome afternoon hanging out, cooking and organized some of my hawt mess cupboards. Martha Stewart doesn’t have shiz on us! I can now make- stir-fry with homemade, low cal, low sodium stir-fry sauce; chicken, broccoli rice dish and a fabulous looking and smelling pot roast with potatoes and carrots in the crock pot. Seriously, I don’t know what to eat first!

 

Not only have I tripled my cooking abilities, but I got to spend hours of time with mi madre. It’s been a long time since Momma and I have had a mother/daughter date. We laughed, we cried and had a grand ole time. Now that I’m a grown up our schedules have.not.meshed. I’ve missed Momma and it was awesome to get to spend the afternoon with her.

 

Mount Laundry has been conquered. Honest to goodness I have no idea how two people make so.much.flipping.laundry! There are only two of us! It seems like I do more laundry for B and myself that I did when I lived at home with my parents and three sisters! How two people make more laundry than 5 women does not compute.

 

While it sucks that I’m not working right now, my house has never been more clean. I never realized how important a clean house was to me. And cleaning is relaxing! Who knew.  There’s something therapeutic  about seeing dull and dirty transformed to bright and gleaming that puts a smile on my face. Now if I could just get B to get the warm fuzzies about cleaning…

 

I am beyond thankful, grateful and overwhelmed by the love and support of my twitter friends. Earlier this week some Buttface said something extremely hurtful and these people were here to support me. Most of these people I’ve never met in real life, but that didn’t matter. To each and every one of you, thank you. Words can’t express how much your words meant to me. I love you all!

 

And that’s my awesome week. 🙂

 

What amazing things happened to *you* this week? 

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Friday Flip Offs on Thursday because I’m Classy Like That.

28 Jul

I’ve found  yet another amazingly awesome blog Mama Kiss.  The first post I ever read of Mama Kiss’s was a Friday Flip Off post and I loved it!

Fridays are reserved for Five Finger Fridays so I’m stealing the concept today. I’ve got a lot to get off my oh so ample chest and I’m about to flip.the.heck.out. So help me, I am this  close to the straw that broke the camel’s back. Not that the things on my chest are helping… I’m not a big fan of the middle finger, I use the Über sarcastic thumbs up. If you ever see me driving and I give an overly enthusiastic thumbs up now you know what it really means. I’m a little terrified shooting up the middle finger will set off someone’s road rage and I want no part of that… 

 

*Side note. In the middle of trying to write this post, some poor, unsuspecting telemarketer happened to call. What’sHisFace O’PainInMyAss is now the proud new owner of a few newly ripped ass holes courtesy of my bubbling rage.* You’re welcome.

Chuck Norris giving the thumbs up made me smile.

 

Sarcastic Thumbs Up Numero Uno belongs to… *drum roll, please!*

Companies that make scrubs!

While I appreciate the fun designs and colors scrubs are available in, you need to work on your sizes. I would love to wear a shirt that doesn’t look like I’m smuggling watermelons or pregnant. You need a Large and a 1/2 size please. The large scrub top brought lots and lots of attention to the girls. They were lifted and on display. While there are time I may appreciate that look, clinicals and in the work place are NOT. Thank-you-very-much! Large obviously is not going to work, so I tried on the XL. Or should I say potato sack. While there is a tie to cinch the waist to give a bit of a figure, PREGNANT is not the look I’m going for. The scrub tops cinch, but bunch. Not attractive. So help me if someone asks me when I’m due!

And the scrub pants. Oy.

Would it kill you to make a petite version? I’m a little tea pot, short AND stout. I mean really. I can’t be the only one, right?

Sarcastic Thumbs Up Numero Dos.

Walmart

Walmart, you are a multi-billion dollar corporation. Would it kill you to have toilet paper that doesn’t feel like sand paper on the lady bits?! Not at all pleasant.

 

Sarcastic Thumbs Up number 3 gets a double gun salute!

The nameless, faceless, spineless jerkface hiding behind the internet who decided to comment on this here blog and tell me that if I was a better Christian, if I prayed better/longer/harder God would bless me with a baby by now.

The offending comment was promptly deleted. While I’m open to suggestions and (mostly) all comments (the ones offering adult services are also deleted…) that crossed the line.

Um, excuse me?!?!

Obviously this person has no idea what it’s like to have fertility issues. I’m sure I’m not alone in my daily, hourly prayers for a solution to my infertility. To know that having a child is a possibility. How dare they decide that I’m not a good person or Christian based on a blog.

How dare they!

I know I’m not perfect. I know there are areas of my life that need vast improvements. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes, wrong choices. We’re all flawed.

It’s called being human.

We’re using the free will God gave us.

And thanks for giving Christianity such a great name, Jerkface!

 

Phew, I feel a lot better now. And it was a lot cheaper than therapy. Winning!

Do you have any Friday Flip Offs this week?

 

Wordless Wednesday. I have a celeb crush.

27 Jul

 

Neville Longbottom all growed up and sexified

 

Oh. my. word.

Five Finger Fridays!

22 Jul

  It’s Friday! Whoop, whoop!

That means it’s time for another addition of Five Finger Fridays…where I focus on the good things and five great things that happened in my life this week. I have a tendency to focus on the negative. My name is Laura, but it could definitely be Negative Nancy at times. 

I registered and paid  for my classes today! Last week I was a tease about exciting things happening in my life. Yes, I know being a tease isn’t a good thing. Monday I was finally able to spill the beans about my decision to go back to school.

As much as it sucks and as sad as I am to quit my job, going back to school will give me Brian and our future family a lot more opportunities in life. I haven’t always been a fan of school or fully applied myself… but nursing is something I’m passionate about. I’m quite excited about this new life adventure!

 

After a hours long absence, my home internet is FINALLY back up and running. It only took one phone call! Bonus!

 

We’ve had a heat wave here in The Mitten this week. We finally got some MUCH needed rain today. Ten minutes after I got our brand new sprinkler up and working…! But we got rain! Woohoo!

 

As a sista in Mamavation I’ve been introduced to Grunt Style. And I’m not just talking about the eye candy! Not only does Grunt Style sell awesome apparel, but he’s designed a workout program that is INTENSE!  Monday I talked about how I was terrified  nervous about doing one of the workouts. I’m proud to say I did it and I lived to tell the tale! I may still have sore abs two days later, but it’s a good kind of sore. The kind that lets me know I’m doing something good for myself. And I’m excited to try the other workouts!

 

This one is my personal favorite…

I’m wearing a dress that’s too big in the midsection. It fits in the boobicle region, but that’s another story. I’m just thankful THOSE aren’t growing! It *looks* too big. Looooove! 

 

 

What awesome things happened in *your*life this week? 🙂

#Mamavation Mondays

18 Jul

Holy crap, it’s Monday again and that means Mamavation Mondays! Here’s this week’s blogging prompt

Question: What has been your favorite Grunt Style workout? If you aren’t doing his workouts what has been your strength training routine?

Honestly, I haven’t done tried any of the workouts because I’m more than a little terrified.

But! It’s high time I had some more confidence in myself, put my big girl pants on, and suck it up,  Buttercup.

I’m going to do it!

What’s the worst that can happen? I burn calories? Oh, the horror!

This week has been seriously re-donk-u-lous.

There was a lot of stuff going on. Just like every other week…

But, I scheduled time to exercise. And I stuck with it!

I ran Monday, Wednesday and Friday. By Friday, running was a whole lot easier! Imagine that! I’m taking part in a virtual half marathon. I’m committed. I’m focused. I’m going to do it. I’m running for the exercise, the endorphin high and the 3x a week running to become habit.

The only down fall is you can’t out train bad eating habits… and mine were less than stellar this week.

Friday I wrote a post where I was a tease. There were some HUGE things happening in my life that pretty much had me scared shitless. And eating a lot of crap… 

Today all the appropriate people know, all the Ts have been crossed and the Is have been dotted and I can share.

I put in my two week notice at work.

I’m quitting my job and going back to school.

Now that the decision has been made and everything is out and I can’t take it back, I feel like a giant weight has been lifted. If only the scale would show that…

 

 

This post is sponsored by Grunt Style and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation and sponsored by Grunt Style.

Five Finger Fridays

15 Jul

It’s Friday again! Seriously, it seems like the older I get, the faster time goes. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet…

This week has been a complete roller coaster of emotions.

B and I had our second anniversary. Woohoo!

Yet another person I know announced they’re pregnant. I’m excited for the parents to be, but every time I hear someone else I know is pregnant when it’s not an option for me just plain sucks. It hurts and I’m more than a little jealous. I’m hoping over time the news won’t hurt as much but right now it just sucks.

B and I have some pretty HUGE  decisions to make about jobs and school and money and I’m kind of freaking out a little. How B stays so. flipping. calm. when I have trouble sleeping at night because I’m so worried and stressed I’ll never know. Oh, to be male and be able to get over things…

Even with all the crazy stuff going on in our lives right now, there’s still a lot to be thankful for!

 

I’ve gone for runs twice this week and even set my personal best!  The Run Hades virtual half marathon starts today and I’m super excited! Never did I ever think I would be this excited about working out. Nevah did I evah!

I got to spend some quality time with my Dad on Wednesday. It’d been a few weeks since we’ve had coffee together and I was really glad to see him. Being a married , mortgage holding ‘adult’ has some serious benefits, but frank discussions with a parent fall in that gray area of I feel bad ass in the things I’m saying and Oh, snap… did I really just say/talk about that with MY FATHER?!?!?!

I also spent quality time with my Mom, Melissa, Abbey and Hannah last night. I think the massive amounts of laughing we all did counts as a workout. My abs are sore! We’re all attending a wedding shower this weekend with a lot of aunts and cousins and that’s going to be another laugh-fest. I can’t wait!

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I didn’t go to the midnight show last night, but I am going to see it tomorrow with my cousin Emma and I’m pretty flipping excited about it! It’s always nice to have some time with family/friends. 🙂

There are some really exciting developments going on in my life right now that have huge potential for some pretty big changes soon. And that’s all I can/will say about it right now. I know that makes me a tease and teasing isn’t nice, but things aren’t completely figured out and finalized. I have to let people (who potentially read this blog) know, in person, first. I promise to share as soon as I can.

No, it’s not a baby. I wish.

And that’s what I’m thankful for this week.

What awesome things happened in your life this week?

 

Semi Wordless Wednesday

13 Jul

Ran 2.23 miles until the calf cramp from hell took over. I walked the rest.

I'm a schweaty, schweaty mess, but I DID IT! And I lived to tell the tale!

HOLLA!

*Insert self back pat here*

Two Years, Seven Months and One Day Ago…

12 Jul

Yesterday was my second anniversary. Two years and one day of mostly awesome wedded bliss.

Let’s face it. If your marriage doesn’t have some bumps and hiccups you’re either the exception to every. other. marriage. or you’re kidding yourself. Okay, rant over.

It looks like a sweet kiss, but look again. It's a STRAWBERRY!

Our wedding was a lot of fun. There were a lot of high points Hello, I was getting married! The primping and massage wasn’t too bad either.

And some low points that I can laugh about now. Like none of the wedding party having words to the song we sang.

And moments that were hilarious when they happened. Like B stepping on my train and coming thiiiiiiiiis close to flashing everyone. I was quite glad I had the top taken in a bit. Back boobs be damned!

One of the most memorable days of my life would never have happened if it weren’t for one day exactly seven months prior. Another day one of my favorite days. Also filled the drama, tragedy, tears and laughter. I wrote it down so I’d never forget some of the small things.

*****

Brian and I first met last year when I came home from school for Christmas break and returned to my job as a server at Main Street Pub. He works with a lot of the regulars that I had gotten to know really well in the three years I worked there. It was just a fun night of hanging out with a whole bunch of people. I didn’t really think anything of it.

To be perfectly honest, I kinda forgot about it until I came home for the summer. Ferris State was fun, but it was a little too much fun and I decided not to go back in the fall of 08. I was home and working again at the pub.

One day I had worked lunch and part of the dinner shift and I was just fed up. I’d had a long day and sick of dealing with people. Brian was in the pub with some of his friends from work that I knew pretty well, so they invited me to sit down and have a drink with them, so I did. Brian and I had really easy conversation and kept talking all night. Eventually everyone else left and it was just the two of us. Brian was giving me a hard time because he was quoting movies with people all night and I didn’t know what any of them were because I hadn’t seen any of them. He told me he was going to have to educate me said we’d have to watch a movie and hang out sometime. I didn’t think he was really going to follow through and that we’d never really hang out, but that I’d see him at the pub once in a while. He did call me a few days later, we watched a movie and hung out and the rest is history.
Brian and I have really different work schedules, so we don’t really get to spend a lot of time together during the week. I was working on Tuesday and he told me that he was going back home to St. Joe to go shopping with his mom and to see his best friend who was in town from Georgia for a few days. I didn’t think anything of it. He calls me later Tuesday night and tells me not to make any plans for Saturday night because we were going out to dinner. I didn’t even give it a second thought.
Thursday he and I talked and he told me to call him when I was done working and to come over to his apartment. I thought that was really weird because I’m done working at 10pm and not home until almost 10.30pm and Brian goes to bed before that because he works at 6am.

I called him when I was on my way home and stopped by his apartment.

Nothing was really out of the ordinary…he was sitting on the couch watching tv, but all the lights were out except for the Christmas tree and that was the first time I’d seen the tree lit. (The Christmas tree has been sitting in his living room longer than I’ve been around) I sat down and we were just kind of sitting there. He then launches into a big speech about how he hasn’t been sleeping well because he’s got a lot on his mind. He’d been thinking about his life and everything he’s gone through and different choices he could have made and that he needs to make some changes in his life.

Me being me, I start to panic. He’d called me and told me to stop by long after he’s normally asleep, he reflecting on the past and is needed to make changes in his life…I thought I was getting dumped.

I didn’t really say anything because if he was going to break up with me, I was not going to make it easy for him.

After a few minutes of awkward silence he tells me that he wants to give me a Christmas present early. He said he was going to give it to me on Christmas, then he wanted to give it to me Saturday, which is why he said not to make any plans and that we were going to go out, and that he really really wanted to give it to me tonight.

I was really confused, but said that was fine. He hands me a jewelry box that he had stuffed in the crack of the couch.

I thought he was giving me earrings until I opened it up and saw a diamond ring. I’m soooooooooooooo excited!!!!! July can’t get here soon enough!

*****

That was two years, seven months and one day ago.

I can’t wait to see what the next two years, seven months, one day and beyond hold!

Summer Scares Me For Serious Reasons.

9 Jul

There are a lot of things out in the world that scare people.

Clowns. I can understand this one a little.

Death.

Spiders.

Snakes.

And the list goes on.

I have two things that absolutely terrify me and summer is prime time for them.

Yes, birds.

Any kind of bird.

Fall is my own personal hell when all the birds migrate south. Like I’m almost afraid to go outside. It’s sad.

The other is completely irrational.

Like I’m almost embarrassed to admit it.

On the internet. For anyone to see.

That’s right. The Ice-Cream Man scares. the. shiz. out of me.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had the same reoccurring dream where I’m abducted, tortured, murdered, then ground up and put in the ice cream for little children to eat me. What the…?!?! I’m seriously twisted in my nightmares I guess.

So when the ice cream trucks were making the rounds around the neighborhood today it was all I could do not to pee my pants. B likes to make fun of me, but when I punch him in my sleep while having this dream, he doesn’t find it so entertaining.

Summer scares me for seriously irrational reasons.

But my kids will never ever have a pet bird or eat ice cream from an ice cream truck. 🙂

Five Finger Fridays

8 Jul

Ah! It’s Friday!

I’ve have the most difficult time keeping track of what day of the week it is!

Vacations are amazing but I’m so lost on dates and days.

Seriously, I could use a vacation to recover from my vacation. No joke.

Here’s what I’m thankful for this week.

Getting to spend awesome, amazing, much needed quality time with my bff Rachel and her spectacular kids and husband. Seriously, there are no words to describe how excited I was to spend time with them! There are some times you’re going through some shiz and you need you very bestest best friend.  Are yew sloooooooow? 🙂  

While getting to spend time with Rach, I also got to meet a twitter and facebook friend, Katie, IRL. We laughed we talked, we ate. It was a fabulous way to spend a vacation!

I had a fabulous time with the girls, but B was also on vacation the same time I was. I literally got to spend my entire vacation with some of my most favorite people in the world. That’s the stuff dream vacations are made of.

This one is waaaaaay TMI!

Aunt Flo came to town for real this week. I’m glad she’s making semi-regular visits. Even if she is an evil hag.

This last one kinda sucks for me, but it’s actually a good thing…

My client died this week.

It stinks that I lost a whole bunch of hours, but my client was very old, sick and unhappy. Now she isn’t suffering anymore. And thank goodness for that, poor thing was miserable.

What are you thankful for this week?